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SOUTH AMERICA : ARGENTINA : MENDOZA

Accommodation in Mendoza is plentiful. And the city's many restaurants and bars offer both regional and international cuisine in a wide price range. Bars, pubs, restaurants and discos are centrally located and make it very easy for travellers who want to enjoy Mendoza's vibrant urban nightlife.

Mendoza - Land of Sunshine and Wine

Mendoza is the capital city of Mendoza Province, located in a beautiful region of foothills and high plains on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. Famous for nearby Mount Aconcagua and its Malbec wines, Mendoza was also a home to General Jose de San Martin, one of the prime liberators of Spanish South America and the beloved "Father of Argentina."

Visitors on discount Mendoza travel packages experience the history and culture of the city through its many museums, public squares and buildings, and restaurants and cafés. Mendoza preserves the memory of San Martin's activities at San Martin Park and its Cerro de la Gloria (the "Hill of Glory") as well as a variety of museums. San Martin Park is the focal point of Mendoza, and inside its stunning French gates are a number of attractions that delight visitors on cheap holidays to Mendoza. The park is the location of the Cerro de la Gloria monument to San Martin and his Army of the Andes, a zoo, a large lake, extensive gardens, an ampitheatre, and Islas Malvinas Stadium, the host stadium for the 1978 World Cup. The park is also the location of many of the events held during the annual wine harvest festival called Vendimia. Make sure to plan and book discount holiday packages to Mendoza with Direct Flights International - by combining cheap flights from Australia to Mendoza with discount hotels and car hire options in Mendoza, you can take advantage of everything this city has to offer, regardless of your budget!

The city's historical centre revolves around the Plaza Pedro del Castillo, where the Museo Fundacional sits on the site of the old cabildo. The San Francisco Ruins (Ruinas de San Francisco) are the remains of a seventeenth century church where the Flag of the Andes, the standard for San Martin's army, was first blessed. Considered one of the most beautiful squares in Mendoza, Plaza España invites visitors for a quiet stroll through its gardens and fountains. And on the weekends the square features an Artisan's Fair with local handicrafts.

Accommodation in Mendoza is plentiful. And the city's many restaurants and bars offer both regional and international cuisine in a wide price range. Bars, pubs, restaurants and discos are centrally located and make it very easy for travellers who want to enjoy Mendoza's vibrant urban nightlife. And Direct Flights makes it very easy too: Direct Flights International can book your discount travel to Mendoza by arranging cheap flights to Mendoza as well as the accommodation in Mendoza that you'll need while you're there.

Mendoza is one of the most beautiful cities in Argentina, and despite its urban attractions, visitors cannot forget that nature rules the city and the region surrounding it. Mendoza serves as a starting point for outdoor adventure activities and high country sports such as world-class mountain climbing, skiing at Los Penitentes, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, paragliding and white water rafting and kayaking, all within a very reasonable driving distance. Nearby Mount Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the western hemisphere and South America's contribution to the fabled Seven Summits - the highest mountains on each of the seven continents of the earth.

Villavicencio is famous for its healing hot springs and idyllic walking paths. The drive from Villavicencio to Uspallata is breathtaking, winding through formations that have come to be known as "Darwin's Petrified Forest." Uspallata itself is a beautiful valley where travellers can view a pre-Colombian mining site.

And a visit to Mendoza's famous wineries is more than worthwhile. Mendoza wines - especially the Malbec - are world-renowned for their taste, aroma and colour. Several wineries allow visitors to sample their delightful vintages. But what really sets Mendoza's vineyards apart from their counterparts in Napa, Bordeaux, and Tuscany is that most share their recipes and techniques with visitors, making the Mendoza wine route a true connoisseur's delight.

Wine, history, the wilds of nature and urban nightlife. This city offers it all. The nearby international airport, el Plumerillo, makes it easy to catch direct flights to Mendoza from Buenos Aires, Bariloche, El Calafate or Santiago, Chile. And connecting flights to Mendoza are available from as close as Rio de Janeiro to as far away as Miami, Sydney, Australia or Auckland, New Zealand. The easy, safe and secure online booking system that's operated by Direct Flights can arrange it all.


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